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Off licence that sold alcohol to kids stripped of licence

An off licence in Clapham that repeatedly sold alcohol to under-18s has been stripped of its licence by Lambeth Council.

Premier Food and Wine in Clapham High Street has sold alcohol to children on at least six occasions since 2006, the council’s licensing sub-committee heard last night.

Bernard Conmy, from Lambeth Council Trading Standards, told the committee how the shop had repeatedly failed to ask for ID when underage volunteers tried to buy alcohol as part of undercover operations run by the council and police.

Despite having been fined and warned on a number of previous occasions for illegally selling alcohol, staff still sold two cans of lager to a 15 year old test purchaser in an undercover operation on 23 April this year. The committee decided to revoke the licence.

Mr Conmy said: “There can simply be no excuse for selling restricted items like alcohol, knives and cigarettes to people who are underage. Underage drinking damages young peoples’ health and contributes to anti-social behaviour and we are determined to do all we can to clamp down on irresponsible traders who break the law in this way. Lambeth Trading Standards along with the police run regular ‘test-purchasing operations’ to target underage sales, and officers provide regular advice to shops and businesses on how their staff should deal with a person who could be underage.”

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